Along with American and Canadian serviceman, there were British and Aussie serviceman, as well as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese Vets that served in this region (my apologies, if I missed any nationality).. and might have have experienced "strange" or possible cryptic creature related incidents.
There was a very interesting thread on the former BFF, about incidents during the Vietnam War, concerning "Rock Apes".
I'll start, by talking about some of my minor experiences, while serving in the Philippines during peacetime (post Vietnam) . I was involved in a joint (with the Filipino military) training mission on Luzon, that took us into remote forested mountains and valleys. One of our instructors, was an Army Ranger special forces Captain. He did remark, that "damn big monkeys" existed in Vietnam.. and did indeed, throw rocks. I'm not sure, if "Rock Ape" or "Nguoi rung" is the same cryptid creature (?)
While sleeping out in a dense forested valley, myself and others.. experienced foul smells, and unexplained sounds (whines, sing song like humming, grunts, deep pitched chatter, and even strange laughter sounds). It kept me awake on several nights, and I confirmed these sounds were not just my dreams or imagination, by speaking with other men that heard it.
What floored me then, and keeps me interested now.. was the translated opinions of several tribesman, that we had the pleasure to meet, and observe crude, but effective means of gathering clean drinking water and food, from the forest. One tribesman was laughing and holding his nose, while speaking to one of the PARs, about the incident many of us had experienced , from the past overnight. Interested in the translation via the PAR.. the tribesman had told him, that the "baho man would not come any closer to the camp, because too many men were camped there". The tribesman also stated, that there were bad smelling (meaning of "baho") wildmen, out in the forest. Finally, while our convoy of vehicles left the same area.. there was a fist sized rock thrown , that clanged off the side of the first vehicle. It stopped the convoy, and was first thought.. to possibly be small arms fire, from the forest. I (eventually) saw the rock, and the dent it put in the door of the vehicle, next to the driver.
At that time in my life, I was "weirded out" by the events, but did not have a real interest in this topic, or connect this to any possible cryptic creature, or hairy wildman. My personal research, has lead me to think.. that it could either be the results of human trickery (possible, but unlikely), or else there was something strange, out there. I have done extensive searches (via internet) on the animals of the region, and can't come up with a good answer, with the exception of Warty Pig, that could be the culprit of the "grunts" I heard.
I have set up a network of contacts in the RP, and have inlaws and family there.. that have brought me other information, on local folks encounters with the hairy "Kapre" in 4 different locales throughout the islands. While the Philippines, is not notably on the map of mainstream bigfootery or cryptozoology... it has certainly gained my personal interest.
Only, on the ground investigations.. will answer, what is mythology.. and what could be physically real. No one I know of, is there doing this. If anyone is, it would most certainly be a foreigner.. as locals can't really understand, why anyone would want to pursue such things. Different cultures, have different thoughts on such topics.. that are very contrary, to the curious "need to know" ways of our western thinking. They (for the most part) are content to know these cyrptids exist, but (out of fear and respect) leave them be, and don't feel the need to prove their existence. This (dealings and respect for cultural beliefs and mythologies), will make any research.. a bit more challenging. To attempt to separate the myth from the reality, will be the first and foremost.
The latest information, I received from a contact at Los Banos U, on Luzon. It was about a story from several Japanese holdouts, that later surrendered to Philippine forces. Several men told their Filipino captors, of "something, large and hairy" that terrorized them why holding out in a cave, in the mountains. The story was allegedly from the "Battle for Leyte", in 1944. Any documentation, has proved (so far) futile to track down, and is probably filed away, in a local municipality. These Pinoy offices, usually keep very detailed records.. but finding it is the problem. I have searched for accounts from Japanese holdouts on Leyte, but have only come up with.. other locations. This link, I found interesting:
I've been thinking, the incident could have taken place in January of 1946..which is the second incident recorded under "Philippines". Trouble is, this incident was documented to be 150 miles south of Manila..and not really naming the province. I think it is either Mindoro, or the southern parts of Luzon (Quezon province). Leyte.. is more like 400 plus miles to the south of the capitol...lol. Thus, the continuing search for the correct info, and the hope of finding the documented incident, and entire story.
I realize this thread will only draw limited interest, but I know there are a few.. that will be .
Anyone reading or lurking, that has info or stories... please add it here. If you are not comfortable with telling the story on a public forum, or even joining this one (but hope you do ), you are welcome to email me personally, ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and know, that if requested... your story and info, will go no further than me.
Anyone with other worldwide information, outside of SE Asia and the Pacific region.. please do.. start a thread, and include it in this "International Sightings" folder.
Edited by imonacan, 07 February 2011 - 12:08 PM.